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Duplicating angles from full-size drawings

Duplicating angles from full-size drawings

To accomplish this task, lay a straightedge, such as a jointed board, along one side of the angle. Then, place the blade of the bevel against the straightedge, and align the body with the other side of the angle as shown left. This method works more accurately than positioning the bevel above the pattern and eyeballing its alignment without the aid of a straightedge.

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Comments (4)
pf2 wrote:

Easiest and quickest way to bisect an angle on paper is to fold the paper such that side A lines up with side C. The fold will be at B.

8/1/2013 12:19:55 PM Report Abuse
BobWoodworker wrote:

Very useful explanation of how to determine and reproduce an existing angle. Thank you!

9/16/2010 05:21:16 PM Report Abuse
Jig User wrote:

Great tip, all woodworkers should know some basic geometry. There is probably some $500 tool out there that will create this angle for you.

2/25/2010 04:07:44 PM Report Abuse
ironhat wrote:

This is one of those operations that beginning to intermediate WW'ers sometimes never learn because it's assumed to be too basic for magazine coverage. I, for one, am glad for the review.

12/17/2009 07:36:58 PM Report Abuse

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